A mysterious traveler gets off the train in a small village surrounded by a
thick sinister forest. He is searching for Delphine, who vanished with only a
scrawled-out address on a scrap of paper as a trace.
Richard Sala takes the tale of Snow White and stands
it on its head, retelling it from Prince Charming's perspective (the unnamed
traveler) in a contemporary setting. This twisted tale includes all the elements
of terror from the original fairy tale, with none of the insipid saccharine coating
of the Disney animated adaptation: Yes, there will be blood.
Originally serialized as part of the acclaimed international "Ignatz" series,
Delphine is executed in a rich and ominous duotone that shows off Sala's virtuosity — punctuated with stunning full-color chapter breaks.
Advance praise from Booklist Sala’s high-class horror sensibility is equal parts sinister and gleeful: a wild cackle of frights steeped in the grand gothic tradition of Edward Gorey… Sala’s quavery lines dish out plenty of unsettling images, and he ratchets up the eeriness with stylized, hand-drawn lettering. Though he sacrifices some narrative sense in favor of creepy atmospherics and downright baffling transitions, Sala does a fine job of keeping everything just slightly out of balance and off-kilter. –Ian Chipman